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  • Seems great!

    posted by wkim75 on 04/11/2012
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    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 day to 1 week

    Pros:

    Simple to install.

    Someone said it doesn't fit well into the 3.5" bay.. like all devices (usually HD's) going into those bays, if you've tightly screwed in other devices, it should be loosened first prior to trying to install the newer device into the same (shared) bay. worked fine.

    Cons:

    Yes, the LED is a bit bright..

    Someone said the new mounting bracket makes it impossible to install correctly.. This is true.. however, instead of removing the bracket completely, I cut 5-6mm off the bottom of it and it was perfect (it is too long so the cable does not seat flush with the PCI-E port). A little annoying, but better than having no mounting bracket at all.

    OtherThoughts:

    I had to plug this thing into a PCI-E 16x slot instead because the 1x slot was partially blocked by my vid card.. Still worked perfectly fine.

    A forum post (http://club.dealextreme.com/forums/Forums.dx/threadid.979842) said to download the driver (from here: http://www.via-labs.com/en/support/downloads.jsp -- it's the one labelled "Host (Driver) for VL800/VL801" and to install the new drivers BEFORE installing the device. That is not possible, as the installer complains that there is no device detected and stops the install process.

    Bottomline:

    Great multi-purpose device.

    4 USB3.0 ports is awesome!

    So is a dedicated microSDHC/TF slot!

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